Human rights and youth justice reform in England and Wales: a systemic analysis

Cunneen, Chris, Goldson, Barry, and Russell, Sophie (2018) Human rights and youth justice reform in England and Wales: a systemic analysis. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 18 (4). pp. 405-430.

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Abstract

This article examines critically the persistently antagonistic relationship – across the past quarter-century – between the provisions of international human rights instruments and the nature and direction of youth justice reform in England and Wales. It introduces the core provisions of the human rights framework that pertain to youth justice and it sketches the nature and direction of policy reform over the 25-year period under scrutiny (1991–2016). To obtain a comprehensive sense of the relationship between human rights and youth justice reform in the jurisdiction, it applies a detailed systemic analysis; beginning at the point at which criminal responsibility is formally imputed and progressing through each stage of the youth justice system, up to the point where the child might ultimately be deprived of her/his liberty. By taking a ‘long-view’ of youth justice reform and by adopting a systemic end-to-end analysis of the human rights–youth justice interface, the article presents an analytical account of both change (policy reforms) and continuity (the enduring nature of human rights violations).

Item ID: 50000
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1748-8966
Keywords: children, human rights, policy reform, punitiveness, youth justice
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2017
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (ESRCS), Howard League for Penal Reform
Projects and Grants: ARC DP130100184, ESRCS ES/J500094/1
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 01:37
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law @ 60%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180120 Legal Institutions (incl Courts and Justice Systems) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940401 Civil Justice @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform @ 70%
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